Dr Gideon Boako, the Spokesperson for the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia says the Akufo-Addo government appreciate the concerns raised by Ghanaians to fix the country.
According to him, the sentiments shared by Ghanaians is helping the Akufo-Addo government to know where it is failing, thus the response of the Vice President is not to challenge Ghanaians but rather to show that they are right to voice out their grievances.
Speaking on Okay FM’s 'Ade Akye Abia' Morning Show, Dr Gideon Boako reiterated that the Akufo-Addo government acknowledges that the expectations of Ghanaians have not been met but mentioned that the government is making every effort to ensure that the plight of the citizen is resolved.
“It is out of this outburst of Ghanaians that helps the Akufo-Addo government to know where it is failing, and that is how the government see the concerns expressed by Ghanaians recently,” he said.
In the attempt by the Akufo-Addo government to resolve the hardship in the country, Dr Gideon Boako indicated that the government gave the instruction to the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) to reduce fuel prices after the complaints from Ghanaians.
He was of the view that inasmuch as the Akufo-Addo government has not solved all the problems of Ghanaians in the first term, Ghanaians can admit that since President Akufo-Addo came to power he has made some efforts demonstrating his good faith and determination to better the lives of Ghanaians.
He added that the Akufo-Addo government inherited some problems from the previous government which he managed to resolve and made the economy robust enough to start some developmental project until the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This government inherited some problems from the previous government; Dumsor derailed the progress of this country for 5 years as some businesses had to fold up and many Ghanaians lost their jobs and the IMF conditionality made it difficult for the government to employ people, but President Akufo-Addo did well to alleviate the hardship on Ghanaians a bit by introducing the Free SHS Policy,” he mentioned.
He stressed that, “President Akufo-Addo restored the allowances of teacher-trainees and nursing-trainees which were cancelled by the previous government and took the cost of the B.E.C.E registration and even reduced the electricity tariffs for Ghanaians as well as the removal of 17% taxes”.
"So, if you critically assess the performance of the Akufo-Addo government, even though we cannot say that all the problems of Ghanaians have been resolved from 2017 to 2019, the government has demonstrated its commitment and determination to relief Ghanaians of their hardships,” he averred.
He further stated that Ghanaians can attest to the fact that the economy of the country had a good foundation to take off developmental projects after breaking away from the claws of the IMF conditionality and the resolved energy crisis.
“Even with the outbreak of the Covid-19, the government supplied Ghanaians with freebies in the midst of the economic challenge as a result of the pandemic,” he stressed.
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